To the left and right
of the Florida Turnpike, thatched structures are
built among average American homes. This southern strip of the turnpike
with its myriad toll booths turns into a long one-lane road staked
with rows of windbreaking trees.
water's whiffed; but
the sea's only glimpsed.
Before I left the
desert, a friend suggested I visit
Key Largo's Coral Reef State Park. So I turned off the main drag, down
shady lane to a pleasant space of beaches and reefs.
Squirming on a maze of a brain coral facing
the Florida Straits, Enki
is represented as
a seated god with a long beard, originally an anatomical designation
given by Pierre Paul Broca in 1876 to a ring of brain tissue containing
amygdala, and other structures that formed a border (limbus) around
a ventricle or fluid-filled cavity wearing a cap with many horns fishing
for a vision,
but seeing only blinking
behind rolled-up all-terrain windows. The ghosts of Bogart, Barrymore,
Robinson, and Bacall?
I did see mounds
of cigarette butts, a few homely faces sucking on cigars, a veteran in a
wheelchair, and the African Queen, somewhat shaky, but a
real boat, analogous to
the ram's spiral horns, considered to be springs of creative energy,
the bond between ram
and deity, embodied
by spirals, is further strengthened by the connection being lifted on gentle waves.